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17. Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access put a lot of faith into the Star Trek franchise as one of their first major original projects for the streaming service was Star Trek: Discovery.

The cast was impressive. Walking Dead veteran Sonequa Martin-Green is the lead character as science specialist Michael Bumham on the USS Discovery. Doug Jones, who is a master of practical effects roles (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), is First Officer Saru, and Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) is Captain Gabriel Lorca.

Star Trek: Discovery isn’t finished yet either as Spock will be joining the team in season 2.

The show is set one decade before the original Star Trek series started and is in the television universe and not the universe that has been set up in the new movies. This show takes place during the Klingon war with the United Federation of Planets.

Star Trek: Discovery received solid critical acclaim, the premiere of the series was the catalyst for record subscriptions to the CBS All Access app, and it picked up a ton of awards nominations, including winning the Best New Media Television Series at the Saturn Awards.

The first season of Star Trek: Discovery had 15 episodes and the second season will feature 13 episodes, launching in January 2019. The second season will also bring in some new cast members in Anson Mount (Inhumans) and Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life)